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BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane steps down, suffering from PTSD

BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane steps down, suffering from PTSD

The BBC‘s Africa editor, Fergal Keane, is stepping down from his role after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by reporting on conflicts around the world. Keane had been “dealing privately” with the condition for “several years,” the British broadcaster’s head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, said in an email sent to BBC staff. “He…MORE

CDC confirms second US Wuhan coronavirus case

CDC confirms second US Wuhan coronavirus case

A second case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States has been identified in Chicago, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in a press briefing. The patient is a Chicago resident in her 60s. She is in isolation at a hospital in Chicago. The patient flew from Wuhan to Chicago on…MORE

Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain

Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain

America’s biggest retailers are pushing back against this country’s largest meat processors. The future of the nation’s food chain is on the line. Walmart last week opened a meatpacking plant in south Georgia that will cut, package and label its own brand of steaks and roasts to deliver to meat cases at 500 stores in…MORE

McDonald’s closes restaurants in five Chinese cities because of the coronavirus

McDonald’s closes restaurants in five Chinese cities because of the coronavirus

McDonald’s has closed restaurants in five Chinese cities and is implementing new health protocols in the region as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread. On Friday, the company shuttered locations in Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Qianjiang and Xiantao — all cities that have been impacted by the Chinese government’s travel restrictions, company spokesperson Barry Sum told CNN Business…MORE

Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa

Joe Biden goes to his secret weapon to close the deal in Iowa

With 10 days left before Iowa voters, uh, vote, former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to close the deal with this message: I’m the safe pick. In a new ad entitled “Threat” running across Iowa starting Friday, a female narrator makes the stakes of the Democratic primary plain: “Every day he’s president, Donald Trump…MORE

California banned official travel to Oklahoma, so the Sooner State did the same

California banned official travel to Oklahoma, so the Sooner State did the same

In a tit-for-tat feud between states, a 2018 move by California to ban some official travel to Oklahoma over what officials there say are discriminatory LGBTQ policies has led the Sooner State’s Republican governor to issue a similar ban against the Golden State. Oklahoma’s Republican governor, Kevin Stitt, issued an executive order Thursday that prohibits…MORE

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Although NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission ended in 2018, astronomers are still finding surprises in the data provided by the space telescope. One of those surprises included the unexpected finding of a white dwarf star that’s draining the life from its brown dwarf companion, according to a new study. Ryan Ridden-Harper, a postdoctoral fellow at the…MORE

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